On the Saturday 7th of March, 13 different kōdansha (higher dan grades) gathered for the spring instructors seminar in dojo of Stockholm Södra. It was a full day training for those who have 3rd dan or higher, and the main focus of the day was to share experience and go over different techniques at yūdansha level (black belt level). There was also a theoretical part after lunch where we went through the basics of the competition rules and judging of embu. The plan is that we will have a more formal training of national judges later in the year. In summary it was a day that left all participants happy, with some question marks straightened out, and several new ideas and ways to practice our techniques to bring home.
On Sunday the 26th of October this autumn’s Dan Examination was held. Richard Tjust, Karlstad shibu, and Kenneth Svedlund Ishii, Stockholm Södra shibu, tested to 3 dan. Robert Earon and Samuel Dreiman, both from Stockholm Södra shibu, tested to 1 dan.
A big Congratulations to Richard, Kenneth, Robert & Samuel!
On the weekend of August 2nd to 3rd there was a big celebration that Shorinji Kempo have been practised in the UK for 40 years and the Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation was represented by Anders Pettersson 6 dan and Alex Tilly 5 dan. On the Saturday there was a demonstration at the Shaw Theatre as well as commemorative dinner to celebrate the 40 year of Shorinji Kempo in the UK. On the Sunday there was a full day of excellent training with several senior instructors like Aosaka-sensei 8 dan, Kawashima-sensei 7 dan, Mukaida-sensei 7 dan, Idoie-sensei 7 dan as well as some additional younger instructors from hombu. The training session had participants from the UK, Sweden, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and Portugal.
Here is the demonstration that Anders and Alex made at the Shaw Theatre in conjunction with the festivities.
Three days of intense training with Aosaka-sensei 8 dan daihanshi and his assistant Didier Camp-sensei 6 dan was one of the summer‘s highlights. Visby Shibu and Stockholm Södra Shibu was the organizers and 60 participants from Sweden, France, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, England and Poland participated. Continue reading
Johan Frendin sensei, 5th dan sadly passed away early on Monday morning after a long and hard battle with cancer. Johan founded Göteborg Shibu (Gothenburg) and was for many years one of the driving forces and inspiring practitioners of Swedish Shorinji Kempo. We remember Johan’s great enthusiasm, his humour, self-distance and powerful techniques. Always curious, always open to new perspectives and at the same time confident in his own way. During the long fight against the cancer Johan showed a mental strength so great that all of us around him was amazed. On his way back after the brain surgery Johan practised with such determination and intense persistence that the doctors did not think it was possible. But since the brain is needed to be able to fight and it was this part of his body that was attacked by the cancer we eventually lost our beloved Johan.
You taught us a lot and we will always remember and miss you.
We have just received information from hombu regarding the instructors who will come to our Unity kōshukai (or “SHORINJI KEMPO UNITY STUDY SESSION – Sweden 2014″ which is the official name is) in the end of May.
It will be Kiyoshi MAKINO sensei, daihanshi 9 dan, former fuku daihyō (vice-chairperson) of Kongo Zen Shorinji Sohonzan and doin-chō for Nishijin Dōin in Kyoto. Apart from Makino-sensei we will also have Takashi OSAWA sensei, seihanshi 7 dan. Osawa-sensei is betsuin-chō for Tokyo Betsuin, Kongo Zen Shorinji Sohonzan and doin-chō for Shakujii Higashi and Tokyo Otsuka Dōin.
For all details see the calender.
On Thursday the 13th of February Shorinji Kempo Karlstad Shibu had a visit from TV4 Värmland (TV4 is a national channel, but also have regional news), which had picked up on the fact that Anders-sensei has been nominated for the Traditional Practitioner of the Year Award at the 2014 Swedish Martial Arts Gala. The clip was aired in the local news the day after. (clip usually have a short advertisement first)
Here is a translation of what is said in the clip:
The Swedish Federation Board recently sent in the application to WSKO hombu that Peter Thorvald would take over as the new Shibu-chō (Branch Master) in Skövde Shibu after Anders Pettersson.
On January the 28, we got the official letter from WSKO Hombu that Peter Thorvald have been approved by hombu and are now Shibu-chō in Skövde. Anders Pettersson will continue to be Kantoku (coach) for Skövde Shibu.
Congratulations to Peter!
A few weeks ago a decision to adopt a new official Swedish translation of Seiku, Seigan & Shinjō was taken a the recent board meeting of the Swedish Federation last Sunday the decision was settled. The work on a new translation has been made in connection with the Swedish translation of the Shorinji Kempo Tokuhon, which we hope will go to print relatively soon. Continue reading